About the Artist
The new principal dancer of Kahana Hula, Pumehana, was born and raised in Hawai’i and studied Hawaiian culture and language at Kamehameha Schools. She danced with Ne Mea Hula O Kahikinaokalalani, under the direction of Auntie Karla Akiona in 2001. Pumehana was a dancer and chanter, performing in Hawai’is most iconic luau show at the Polynesian Cultural Center in La’ie, O’ahu, for five years. She was also chosen to represent the Polynesian Cultural Center as part of their traveling promo-team. After moving to New England in 2008, she performed for Sione’s Polynesian Review. In 2013, she joined Kahana Hula with her exquisite talent and radiant smile. She has since given birth to a beautiful baby girl in September 2015. Kahana Hula is blessed and honored to have Pumehana as Tiare’s successor, in hopes that Pumehana’s daughter will follow in her mother’s captivating “hula dance steps”.
Kahana Hula discovered Kawika’s innate talent as a drummer completely by accident. He was in the audience of one of Tiare’s shows and had volunteered to dance during the audience participation segment. Later on, without knowing that Kahana Hula was in need of a Tahitian Drummer, Kawika revealed that he had been a drummer since he was 10 years old, and would be interested in learning the art of Polynesian drumming. By his own initiative, talent, skills and dedication, he quickly learned through self-study, attending workshops and learning from other Polynesian drummers. Because of his humility and obvious capability, he was “officially” accepted into the Polynesian drumming community, when he was asked to drum with a troupe of experienced and highly skilled drummers from Hawai’i and Tahiti at a Tahiti Fete in San Jose, California, the largest Tahitian competition in the U.S. Kahana Hula is blessed to have Kawika’s warm and caring nature as a teamplayer and his awesome, positive, “can do” attitude. He has been “jamming” with Kahana Hula since 2009.
“Body, Mind and Spirit of Aloha” NEW!
“Hula is the language of the Hawaiian people, therefore, the heartbeat of Hawai’i” is a famous quote from the last reigning king of the Hawaiian Kingdom, King David Kawika Kalakaua (1874-1891). Hula is an ancient and sacred art form and the oral language tradition in which history, mythology and religion were carried from one generation to the next. Aloha, a word commonly used as a greeting or salutation, actually means love, kindness, caring, respect and compassion. The Spirit of Aloha is a way of life and is the thread that binds the people of Hawai’i as “one”; as “ohana”, which means family. In this program, “Auntie Tiare” will teach students how hula embodies the Spirit of Aloha with mindful movements of their bodies. Students learn that proper posture and being grounded into the earth is the foundation of hula; and that hula embodies the elements of nature with visualization and the use of sensory images.
Kahana Hula (Grades K-8)
Interactive program of chanting, music, storytelling, sing along and dancing that teaches the history, language and culture of Polynesia during an exciting, virtual journey through the islands of Hawai’i, Tahiti, New Zealand and Samoa. Programs available to suit most budgets and audiences ranging from small classroom settings to assemblies or campus-wide performances. Program choices: Solo artist, Pumehana; Duo-Pumehana with male drummer Kawika who uses the traditional Hawaiian “ipu” gourd and the Tahitian “toere” log drum. Bring Hula – “the heartbeat of the Hawaiian people” – to your school and share the Aloha Spirit with your students. Lively, engaging, interactive – this program is enjoyed by audiences of all ages. Students learn Hawaiian history, legends, culture and language while practicing listening and rhythmic skills and exploring cultural diversity.
Luau Show Production with additional male & female Polynesian dancers, live drummers & musicians also available.
1 Performance with Pumehana $785
Back to Back Performances with Pumehana $1070
1 Performance with Pumehana and Kawika $1215
Back to Back Performances with Pumehana and Kawika $1355
Program Guide: Kahana Hula